Friday, May 9, 2014

1 Year Blogiversary Guest Post by Melissa Collins

One year.

Three-hundred and sixty five days.

Just over eight-thousand seven hundred and fifty hours.

Every day is an anniversary of some sort. Whether it’s your wedding anniversary, or a birthday, or a graduation date– we celebrate so many milestones.
My favorite anniversary was my second wedding anniversary. You’d think I would say my first, right? Sorry, but eating year-old, frozen cake is not my idea of fun.
We didn’t go away on a fabulous vacation to celebrate, nor did we go to a big-fancy dinner and spend the night in a hotel.
We bought our house!
It was a crazy hectic day – closing, and in turn, handing over a boat load of money, packing, moving, cleaning. That’s how we spent our anniversary. It was a disgustingly hot day in July and to say that moving into our new house was not fun is a huge understatement.
But at night, when all of our friends and family had left, and after we showered in our brand new bathroom (that still didn’t have a shower curtain), we flopped down onto our old-beat up sofa. With a cold beer and left-over pizza in hand, we sat and stared at the wall. It was an atrocious shade of lime green – we hadn’t painted yet and we were dealing with the previous owner’s design choices.
Since we didn’t have the television hooked up yet, my husband and I spent that night listening to some of our favorite music. We talked about the endless possibilities that this new house had for us. Though it was bare and horribly outdated, it was ours. It was our clean slate and fresh start.
Almost seven years later, we’re still there. I don’t know if it will be our “forever” home, but it will always be my first. All three of my babies have only ever known this home. They’ve all taken their first steps in this home, gotten their first boo-boos here, too.

It’s not perfect. There are cracks on the walls where a toy truck was crashed too hard and finger prints all over. All too often, dust bunnies join us for playtime on the floor. But, every now and then, I think back to that first night in our new home, back to our second wedding anniversary and get a bit emotional knowing that it was also the anniversary of the day that all our dreams had a place in which to come true. 

What would bring you happiness in a world that was suddenly empty? 

For Lucy Crane, the answer is simple: her daughter. When her husband is killed in a tragic accident, Lucy loses her desire to live, but only one thing keeps her going – her unborn daughter. Focusing on being a mother helps Lucy cope with her loss, but kids grow up and they leave home, eventually. Eighteen years after losing her first and only love, Lucy is faced with the opportunity to find the happiness for which she’s always longed. Her own fears become her worst enemies as she learns how to embrace love once again. 

Evan Donovan is also facing his own struggles. Forced to retire from the FDNY because of lung damage caused by 9/11, Evan moves to upstate New York where he hopes to find a little peace and quiet. Old habits die hard, and Evan’s hero complex and survivor’s guilt constantly remind him of how difficult it is to be vulnerable. But for the first time in his life, he’s tired of being alone. 

Drawing strength from one another, Lucy and Evan discover how beautiful it is to let love be a part of their lives. 

***Though this is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. Unlike the previous books in the series, this is NOT a New Adult & College Romance; this is a contemporary romance featuring characters who are more mature / not in their twenties. It is a full length novel of about 90K words / approx. 350 pages.***

Today Melissa celebrates her 1 year Indieversary... In honor of the clebration she has places her FIRST novel Let Love In on sale for FREE... For each share and a comment that you have done it you will be entered to win a SIGNED copy of Let Love In..


Melissa Collins has always been a book worm. Studying Literature in college ensured that her nose was always stuck in a book. She followed her passion for reading to the most logical career choice: English teacher. Her hope was to share her passion for reading and the escapism of books to her students. Having spent more than a decade in front of a classroom, she can easily say that it’s been a dream.
Her passion for writing didn’t start until more recently. When she was home on maternity leave in early 2012, she read her first romance novel and her head filled with the passion, angst and laughter of the characters who she read about it. It wasn’t long before characters of her own took shape in her mind. Their lives took over Melissa’s brain and The Love Series was born.

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1 comment:

  1. Congrats Melissa!!!! Congrats Reading By the Book!!!!! May you both be Blessed with Continued Success!!!!! Happy 1 Yr Anniversary to you both!!!! Thank you for all that you Both do for us readers!!!!! <3